Jorvik Viking Centre

Jorvik Viking Centre, York: Hours, Address, Jorvik Viking Centre Reviews: 4/5

Jorvik Viking Centre
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The year is AD960 and the last Viking King in Jorvik, Eric Bloodaxe, has been banished. The city is thriving with a flourishing manufacturing centre and wide trading links. There are new buildings, new peoples and new stories to be told... What’s New? •A New Ride experience with the sights, sounds and of course, smells, of the Viking-Age •Updated historical interpretation, showcasing the cultural ‘melting pot’ of 10th-century York •The latest cutting edge technology bringing the Viking period to life! Hop aboard our improved ride experience and be transported back in time over 1,000 years!
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Suzie A
5 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Fabulous experience, very smelly! Very interesting. Definitely book before you go. Staff were absolutely fantastic, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. I’m disabled and the 3 ladies I dealt with were great. Thank you - I’m sorry I didn’t get your names, you made it so easy for me to get around.
Written January 15, 2022
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Thank you for your feedback on your recent visit to JORVIK and we are pleased to know you had a fantastic time and that the staff were friendly and helpful. We shall pass on your comments on to the teams at JORVIK.
Written January 17, 2022
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leafyshin
Woodley, UK182 contributions
Dec 2021
I've wanted to go here after seeing it on Blue Peter in the 1980s. We booked online and showed our tickets on the phone which was efficient. After entering, we went downstairs where some replica archaeology under the glass floor acted as a bit of a waiting area until one of the vikings explained a bit about the archaeology. She had her back to us and a facemask on so we did struggle to hear her but got the general gist. A microphone would help. Next it was a ride through a replica village. The viking there told us to expect some smells, and it was the smells that I particularly remember from Blue Peter so I was looking forward to that. The ride itself was very well done. The voice in the behind-head speakers was very clear and the ride stopped and turned to face whatever it was talking about. The only thing that disappointed was the smell. There was an aroma but it was just a bit earthy and difficult to place. At one point the smell definitely changed, but not to anything unpleasant. There was a lot of opportunity for smells as we passed some drying fish, textile dyeing, butchery and latrines, but I can only assume that things didn't smell as much in the old days. After that, there was a small area with glass boxes showing artefacts. To be honest, I found most of this quite boring standard museum fare. There was no sign of the actual archaeology other than the replica at the start, so the Jorvik centre could have been built anywhere. Out through the gift shop and back onto the street 38 minutes after entering. And guess what we encountered once we were back on the street - a strong whiff of drains!
Written January 12, 2022
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Thank you for your feedback on your recent visit to JORVIK. We are well known for our multi-sensory experience, the smells and how we use them. All to create an authentic experience similar to what we believe it would have been like in Viking Age York. As such, we ensure each day to keep the aroma at full strength where possible. However, some of the smells are more subtle than others to create a balance, as some visitors may find them too strong and overwhelming. If you would like to discuss your comments further, please email enquiries@yorkat.co.uk
Written January 13, 2022
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gourmetflaneur
York, UK1,038 contributions
Jan 2022
The centre is built upon the Viking settlement remains found when the shopping centre was being built. there are several examples of the archaeological finds in situ but the bulk of the space is going over to a recreation of what would have been there in the 10th Century. Automatic ski style suspended seats take you on a 30 minute tour with commentary. The seats swivel to give you a very good view of each part of the Viking town as recreated. You need to book ahead and the ticket is valid for multiple entries for a whole year which does make it very good value. Any queuing is to accommodate the time it takes for each ski seat set to load up and start its journey. So there may be a short wait time if you turn app at your booked time. A very good experience for adults and children.
Written January 9, 2022
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Thank you for your feedback, we are pleased to hear you had an enjoyable visit to JORVIK taking a journey back in time to Viking Age York. We hope you enjoy your visit if you come back again within the year! Don't forget to visit our other attractions, DIG: An Archaeological Adventure and Barley Hall, our medieval townhouse.
Written January 13, 2022
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Ritvik S
Mumbai, India58 contributions
Dec 2021
It's a great museum with a fantastic 15 minute rail ride in which they take you through a small recreation of how houses and life during Viking's rule was like. A visit to York without visiting this museum will be incomplete.
Written January 4, 2022
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Thank you for your feedback and we totally agree! JORVIK is a must do on a trip to York.
Written January 13, 2022
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lynjowton
Leeds, UK217 contributions
Dec 2021
Visited for the first time as my teenage son has an interest in the era.Interesting to see what they have uncovered and educational for anyone who likes history.Price average for a tourist attraction and it entertained us for just over an hour. I think young children would probably be bored so maybe better for teenagers and adults.
Written January 4, 2022
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freddieManchester
manchester45 contributions
Dec 2021
We was a mixed group of 5 between the ages of 57 to 70.
Found the place to be fun and informative. The animatronics were excellent and the whole experience was very good value.
Written January 2, 2022
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Thank you for your feedback, we are pleased to hear your group had an enjoyable visit to JORVIK taking a journey back in time to Viking Age York through the magic of animatronics.
Written January 13, 2022
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cm2333
Edinburgh, UK190 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
This is located right in the centre of York and so I would recommend going if you are visiting the city.
The main attraction is great - a slow ride through an exhibit of reconstructed Jorvik people and their settlement. The 'pods' accommodate 6 people including babies and children (just hold them on your lap). There was a lot to look at and there are speakers in the headrest/text on the screens in front of you explaining what you can see. Really enjoyable!
We felt the exhibits afterwards were quite crowded and could do with some more engaging displays.
Written January 2, 2022
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N H
Newton Le Willows, UK3,297 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
You walk around an excavated house, then you climb into a ride that takes you around a Viking village with commentary on the life in the village.
When the ride finishes you enter the museum with skeletons and other artefacts.
Your museum ticket is valid for a year making it very good value for money. Online booking is required with timed tickets.
Written January 1, 2022
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Johnny
Nottinghamshire, UK13 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
Every time I visit York I visit Jorvik it’s that good. From the really friendly staff to the amazing ride round Viking age York, to the informative more traditional museum at the end.

The friendly greeting from the Viking on the door sets the scene as you make your way via a short but informative talk onto your trip through Viking York.

Experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the Viking past is the highlight, the animatronics are fantastic and lifelike and really make history come alive.

The museum at the end has some really interesting exhibits and the minting of the coin is for me another rather unique experience.

Can’t recommend Jorvik enough it’s definitely one of the best places to visit in the Uk
Written December 26, 2021
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DuinoAlumni
68 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
It was an extremely educational tour. I learnt a lot let alone my kids. There was suitable distancing and the vikings on hand were helpful. If you are in York, it is worth a visit.
Written December 21, 2021
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